Thursday, November 13, 2008
Chasing? Planishing? Are we speaking the same language?
So do hobbyists, crafters and professional jewelry makers really care about the difference between planishing and chasing? Most of us have a chasing hammer as our all purpose hammer but did we know that we tend to use our chasing hammers to planish? That's right, when you are using your chasing hammer to work harden, flatten or smooth your wire or sheet metal, you're planishing. Chasing, on the other hand, is used to incise a pattern into metal by hammering.
So most of us are planishing but not to worry, if you're going to buy just one hammer, a chasing hammer is your best all round hammer. Just a little bit of trivia - you can all go back to talking amongst yourselves!
(Photo Credit: Contenti's Chasing Hammers)